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By Ron Jackson
Thabiso Mchunu retained his South African and Pan African junior heavyweight titles when he stopped the more experienced Ruben Groenewald in the fourth round at the Bloemfontein City Hall on Friday night. The 32-year-old Groenewald (89.96kg) came out swinging wildly in the first round as the 22-year-old Mchunu (90.36kg) who fights from the southpaw stance outboxed him through rounds two and three before landing five unanswered blows in the fourth when referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen stepped in to call the fight off at 1 minute 31 seconds into the round. (more…)
Former two time world champion Brian Viloria reportedly collapsed in his dressing room shortly after his TKO loss to Carlos Tamara and was rushed by ambulance to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Manila, Philippines. He is now listed in stable condition and is said to be suffering from exhaustion. He was well enough to be transferred to another hospital where he underwent a battery of tests, including a CT scan which was normal. He will remain hospitalized for observation for the time being.
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto arrives in New York to see fellow countryman WBO Jr. World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez take on WBO World Featherweight Champion Steven Luevano tonight at Madison Square Garden.
By Karl Freitag
Mandatory challenger Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) dethroned IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria (26-3, 15 KOs) via twelfth round TKO early Saturday afternoon at the Cuneta Astrodome in Manila, Philippines. After three slow rounds, Viloria landed some heavy body shots in round four. The heavier-handed champion had the advantage as the bout progressed. After a big round for Viloria in the eighth, the bout turned when Tamara rallied in the ninth and tenth and rocked the dead-tired Viloria in the eleventh. Tamara continued the assault in the twelfth and got the stop when referee Bruce McTavish stepped in to protect the exhausted and defenseless “Hawaiian Punch.” Time was 1:45. The win by Tamara scuttles a possible showdown between Viloria and unbeaten WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon.
WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (26-1-3, 15 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over late sub Jesus Silvestre (15-2, 12 KOs). Nietes floored and almost stopped Silvestre in a dominant round one, but was forced to go into the tenth. The bout ended when Silvestre lost his mouthpiece then spent too much time in his corner getting it replaced and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:37. The WBO wouldn’t accept the unrated Silvestre as a challenger, thus the bout was a non-title affair.
Lightweight Jimrex Jaca (29-6-2, 14 KOs) returned from a 15 month layoff to score an impressive fifth round knockout against game Ramadhan Weriu (13-3-1, 12 KOs). A big uppercut and followup combination finished Weriu at 2:58.
Lightweight Jason Pagara (21-1, 10 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round majority decision over Eddy Comaro (22-7-5, 8 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 98-92.
The fight card at the Cuneta Astrodome started at 9am local time to accommodate worldwide television.
Cruiserweight prospect Nick Iannuzzi moved to 14-1 with 9 KOs after a fourth round TKO over Deleon Tinsley (9-6-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
Adam Jaco W6 Marcus Don Hall (light heavyweight)
Reynaldo Cepeda W6 Jones Petit-Homme (welterweight)
Mike Greeson D4 Roy Boykin (heavyweight)
Sherali Dostiev TKO1 over Jorge Vidal (s. bantamweight)
Hot lightweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy brought a touch of his Philadelphia fighting to Boston last night, defeating former Cuban amateur standout Richard “El Tigre” Abril by a 10-round split decision, in the “Boston Pop” main event at The Roxy. Lundy (17-0-1, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten, even though he suffered a knockdown in the midway through the fight, that appeared to be more of a slip causing his glove to briefly hit the canvas. The judges scored 98-91 and 96-94 in favor of Lundy, 95-94 for Abril (12-2-1, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Officials from Panama and other countries meet this weekend in Panama City to analyze interim title matches, the status of judging in the world boxing setting, evaluating rounds and more. The event is organized by the World Boxing Association with WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and international officials Gustavo Padilla and Julio Cesar Alvarado among those on hand.
By Jose Santiago
On December 4th Yahya McClain (24-7-2, 17 KOs) took his first step back into the ring after a 10 year hiatus and scored a 3rd round TKO over Shane “Superman” Steele (6-2, 5 KOs). Just seven weeks later the former two-time WBU cruiserweight champ is jumping right back into the fray against experienced Leo Bracier (8-11-1, 4 KOs) in his quest of a title shot in what he deems the diluted cruiserweight division. The fights will be held at The Pit adjacent to the Absoloot Boxing Gym in Atlanta Georgia.
Yahya McClain 193 vs Leo Bracier 197.5
Danta Woods 175 vs Shannon Miller 175
John Willoughby 137 vs Jamar Saunders 138
Omar Bell 156 vs Jose Felix 156
Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” series will return for ten events in 2010 at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. To kick off the year, the first event will feature top junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, who will take on Hector Alatorre in the series’ 2010 kickoff show on February 25. Top Golden Boy Promotions’ prospect Luis Ramos Jr. will also be on the card.
By Alexey Sukachev
British bantamweight Jamie McDonnell (13-2-1, 5 KOs) scored the win of his life so far, outpointing awkward and skillful ex-champion Ian Napa (19-8, 1 KO) in an action-packed crowd-pleasing yet rather controversial twelve-rounder for Napa’s British and a vacant Commonwealth 118lb titles. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast on Saturday, January 23, from Toluca, Mexico. The webcast is free of charge – everyone is invited to watch. It will begin at 9:00 P.M. (21:00 hrs) Central Standard Time, and will last approximately two hours. Supporting bouts will be shown in addition to the main event. [Note: webcast not available in Mexico] WBC President José Sulaiman said today, “I have devoted at least five years of my life to create this presentation of live boxing on the internet as a legacy, and I hope that it will open new doors of opportunities for those promoters and boxers that don’t have opportunities with the television networks.” (more…)
The IBF light heavyweight world title eliminator between Yusaf Mack (28-2-2, 17 KOs) and former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) has been rescheduled for February 5 in Miami. The scheduled 12-rounder was originally slated for January 30 to take place on the cancelled Mosley-Berto card in Las Vegas. The fight will now air on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.
2004 Olympian Ron Siler (0-0) will make his pro debut on Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Hyatt Hotel’s Grand Ball Room. His opponent Angel De La Cruz (0-0) from Washington, D.C. is also making his pro debut. The event is presented by Cincinnati promoter Andrew Williams’ R&R Promotions, Inc. Golden Boy Promotions’ Adriene Bronner is also on the card, as well as Brandon Bennett.
Carson Jones is slated to face Antonio Margarito on March 13th, pending Texas approval of Margarito’s application for a boxing license. There has been a loud public outcry opposing Margarito’s reinstatement from concerned fans and boxing figures. “If Margarito is not allowed to fight, that takes food off of my table and robs me of a chance to show the world that I am the real deal and hurts me far more than it does Antonio Margarito,” said Jones, who recently demolished the much-hyped Tyrone Brunson on ShoBox. “I wish people would stop trying to prevent this fight from happening. This is a dream fight for me and something I have worked all my life for to have an opportunity to do. The public needs to let me handle the punishing of Antonio Margarito, because that is exactly what I will do if he is allowed to fight me on March 13th. I ask all the people who want this fight stopped, to just support me on March 13th when I pull off my second upset in a row. I think he has learned his lesson and I am not concerned at all about him trying to do any of the things that he has been accused of doing in the past. This is supposed to be his comeback fight, it will be his retirement fight also, trust me.”
Superstar Felix Trinidad poses with WBO World Featherweight Champion Steven Luevano and WBO Jr. World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez after both fighters weighed in, Luevano at 126 lbs, Lopez at 125.5 lbs). They meet on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Also WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa weighed in at 126 lbs, while chellenger Rogers Mtagwa scaled in at 122.5 lbs. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Ondrej Pala 228 vs. Robert Hawkins 243
Konstantin Airich 222 vs. Alex Mazikin ??
Felix Diaz 140 vs. Bronislav Kubin 142
Mahir Oral 161 vs. Fabio Liggieri 161
Yakup Saglam 225 vs. Yuri Lunev 223
Özlem Sahin 109 vs. Olga Harton 105
Christian Pawlak 168 vs. Denis Sirjatovs 163
Patrick Dobroschi 168 vs. Jevgenis Kiselevs 170
Jaromir Soukup 202 vs. Florians Strupits 201
Venue: Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven. Germany
Promoter: Arena Box-Promotion
WBC cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei has vacated the WBC title in order to return to the light heavyweight division, where he previously ruled as WBO champion. Negotiations will begin immediately for a fight for the vacant title between WBC #1 rated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and WBC #2 Giacobbe Fragomeni, both former world champions.
Mexican super flyweight prospect Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz the youngest of the famed Ruiz fighting family of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico has signed a exclusive promotional contract with Sampson Lewkowicz’s SAMPSON BOXING LLC, this 21 year old has joined the same stable that includes World Champions, Gabriel Campillo, Chris Johns, Johnriel CasImiro, Donnie Nietes as well as Marvin Sonsona, Ciso Morales, Michael Domingo, Hector Saldivia,Victor Cayo, Javier Fortuna, Victor Terrazas, Juan Jose Montes, Norberto Gonzalez and Victor Proa. Heriberto Ruiz Sr. and Fernando Dominguez co-managers have no doubt that soon Hugo will have a opportunity to fight for a world title. Hugo Ruiz with a record of 22-1- 21 KO’s will see action on February 13th 2010 in La Paz, BCS, Mexico and this event will be televised by Mexican TV giant Televisa this show will be promoted by Hector Garcia of HG Boxing who has joined forces with SAMPSON BOXING LLC.
Rayco Saunders 174.25 vs Demetrius Davis 174.5
Rod Salka 137.5 vs Mario Hayes 139
Andres Taylor 194.5 vs William Bailey 192
Kieyon Bussey 126 vs Rasool Shakoor 126
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
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Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa (26-13-2, 18 KOs) will challenge Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0, 14 KOs) for Gamboa’s WBA featherweight title this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Mtagwa, who was born in Dodima, Tanzania and moved to Philadelphia in 2000, earned this shot with game performance against WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, of Puerto Rico on October 10 . . . Click here for more
Story by Gerardo Martinez
On January 29, Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 7 KOs) will be putting his perfect record on the line against tough, more experienced Derrick Campos (20-7, 11 KOs) from Topeka, Ks. The fight, televised as the co-main on Showtime’s ShoBox next Friday, not only marks his second TV bout, but packs the potential to create national recognition for the 21 year old New Mexico native . . . Click here for full story
Golden Boy Promotions inked WBC Youth welterweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez today during a press conference in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. “I want to show everyone that I will be a world champion and that I’m ready to fight the best fighters in the world,” said Alvarez. At just 19 years old, Guadalajara’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (30-0-1, 22 KOs) has quickly become the most talked about young Mexican boxer today. A date and opponent for Canelo’s first fight with Golden Boy Promotions will be announced soon.
Handlers of IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester are looking for a new challenger after Sylvester’s scheduled opponent Pablo Navascues tested positive for a banned substance. Promoter Sauerland Event has announced that Sylvester will fight as scheduled on January 30 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The new opponent is expected to be named shortly.
Super middleweight contender Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will break camp this weekend and hold two public workouts in The Shops Concourse at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, just one week ahead of his NABF title bout against Matt “The Predator” Vanda set for Friday, January 29th in the Mohegan Sun Arena, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hughes
The African nation of Ghana has given the world a few really good boxers. Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Ben Tackie come to mind. Now 32-year-old welterweight Joshua Clottey is working hard to be remembered like Nelson, a winner of three world championships. Was life growing up in Ghana hard? “Very, very, hard,” Clottey said. “Ghana, you know, there is nothing there. When you are a young guy you have to fight to get ahead,” Clottey said. Boxing was his way to do just that. Fighting has put Clottey in the hearts and minds of his countrymen. If he retired tomorrow, his career would be memorialized with those of Quartey and Tackie. (more…)
An unusual press conference took place yesterday in a hotel in Mexico City to inform in great detail what will be the promotion of February 20th, in Merida, with the bout between WBC featherweight world champion, Elio Rojas, of the Dominican Republic, who will put his title on the line, and his challenger, Guty Espadas, of Mexico, being the main event; of course, Espadas is the crowd favorite as he will be fighting at home, in addition to the fact that he was the champion of the same division some time ago. For more details and photos click here…
With only two weeks to go, the interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) feels more than ready for the biggest night of his life when he faces the full-fledged champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) for the absolute title on February 6th in Monterrey, MX. “Many things pass through my mind before a fight. I feel very motivated, optimistic and I just want the day to be here already, that moment so that I can feel the adrenaline and do what I really love doing which is to climb into the ring and feel those butterflies in my stomach,” DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis, stated. “We are in great shape, we feel good and with only two weeks to go I would dare to say that if the fight was tomorrow, we would be ready.” (more…)
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF Bantamweight Eliminator #1 between Joseph Agbeko and Vusi Malinga. Branco Sports Productions was the winning bidder with a bid of $70,000 and Don King Productions bid $50,000. Branco Sports Productions have 90 days to put the fight on.
For tomorrow night’s Crown Boxing card at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas:
Erick Vega 204 vs. Henry Namauu 200*
* Vega was four pounds overweight; has two hours to make weight.
David Yanez 129 vs. Rocco Santomauro 127
Rodrigo Romero 124 vs. Alexis Santiago 122
Jairo Delgado 127 vs. Brian Battease 127
Juan Alcolea 136 vs. Raul Duhart 145**
** Duhart 8 lbs. heavy. Fight will probably not happen unless Duhart can drop several pounds and Alcolea camp settles for new contractual weight.
By Matt Richardson
As the spotlight wanes on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega-match implosion, boxing and its myriad of young talent will move on. The first step in this process begins this weekend at the theater in Madison Square Garden when two of the sports brightest stars box in compelling, competitive fights against quality opponents. This is what boxing is about. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would have been nice to have to look forward to. But boxing will be fine as long as fight cards of Saturday’s nature continue to be made. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
Inhabitants of the Colonia Constitucion in Mexico City heeded the call from former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa to come to the help of earthquake victims in Haiti, providing canned foods, medicine and water. Sosa, a very popular sports figure in Mexico, had this to say, “We cannot be indifferent to the tragedy in Haiti and I’m hoping that Mexicans everywhere will join us in this humanitarian effort.”
Promoter Jacques Deschamps informs that junior welterweight Evens Pierre (12-0, 11 KOs) and junior featherweight Johny Orisme (4-1, 1 KO) have been found alive. Pierre, however, lost his house in the powerful earthquake that wrecked havoc on the Caribbean Island last week. “We were training in our gym when everything started to shake. We were able to run out of there before the gym collapsed” declared Pierre. Also safe was young amateur Wilson Supreme who will be turning pro soon. Prospects Pierre and Orisme live and fight out of Panama.
Patrick Lopez 140.5 vs John Brown 139
Daniel Hernandez 133.5 vs Baudel Cardenas 133
Hector Serrano 141.5 vs Cristian Favela 140.5
Efrain Esquvias 124.5 vs Randy Arrellin 125.5
Hilario Lopez 158 vs Alberto Herrera 153
Johnatan Garcia 138 vs Anthony Reyes 139.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
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By Bob Ryder
Vernon Paris and Darryl Cunningham return to ring action sharing the co main events for promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions next presentation at downtown Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Friday, January 29. Paris will face Corey Alarcon over eight rounds. Alarcon handed highly touted Victor Ortiz his first loss (by DQ) back in 2005 and will be attempting to spoil Paris’ undefeated mark as well. Super middleweight Cunningham looks to notch his eleventh win a row and continue edging his way up the national rankings in his scheduled eight versus Skyler Thompson. Local heavyweights Ali Mansour and Walter Burns appear in separate bouts as well as other hometown favorites Brian Mihtar, Willie Fortune, Sidney Gurley, Ray Darden, and Luigi Gjokaj. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com or at 800-745-3000. Doors open at 7 PM with first fight at 8 PM.
A cruiserweight showdown will headline Crown Boxing’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas this Friday. In the main event, Phoenix cruiser Erick “Dynamite” Vega (8-4-2, 6 KOs) takes on Henry Namauu (4-3, 3 KOs), of Las Vegas. In the co-main, Las Vegas lightweights Rocco Santomauro (1-0) and David Yanez (0-1-1) clash in a four-rounder. Also scheduled: Phoenix featherweight Alexis Santiago (1-0) takes on Vegas’ Rodrigo Romero (1-3); Vegas featherweight Brian Battease (5-1-2, 1 KO) fights Denver’s Jairo Delgado (3-3, 3 KOs); and Vegas welterweights Raul Duhart (2-1, 2 KOs) and Juan Alcolea (0-1) open the show in a four-rounder. Doors open at 6 p.m., first bout starts at 7. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now at The Orleans Box office at 702-365-7075.
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